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Publication Citation: Synthesis and Electronic Properties of the Misfit Layered Compound [(PbSe)1.00]1[MoSe2]1

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Author(s): Ian M. Anderson; Michael D. Anderson; Andrew A. Herzing; Colby Heideman; Raimar Rostek; David C. Johnson;
Title: Synthesis and Electronic Properties of the Misfit Layered Compound [(PbSe)1.00]1[MoSe2]1
Published: September 01, 2010
Abstract: An ultra-low thermal conductivity compound with the ideal formula [(PbSe)1.00]1[MoSe2]1 has been successfully crystallized across a range of compositions. The lattice parameters varied from 12.41 Å to 12.75 Å and the quality of the observed 00ℓ diffraction patterns varied through the composition region where the structure crystallized. TEM cross sections confirm the interleaving of bilayers of PbSe with Se-Mo-Se trilayers. Measured resistivity values ranged over five orders of magnitude, from 0.307 Ωm to 70 μΩm, and Seebeck coefficients ranged from -181 μV/K to 91 μV/K in the samples after the initial annealing to form the basic structure. Annealing in an open system results in two distinctly different behaviors: a combined high conductivity / low Seebeck coefficient, as expected for a heavily doped semiconductor or metal, and a lower conductivity / higher Seebeck coefficient, as expected for a semiconductor. Annealing of samples under a controlled atmosphere of selenium resulted in low conductivities and large negative Seebeck coefficients, suggesting an n-doped semiconductor. STEM Z-contrast images revealed an interesting volume defect, where PbSe grew through a region where a layer of MoSe2 would be expected in the perfect structure. Further studies are required to correlate the density of these defects with the observed electrical properties.
Citation: Journal of Electronic Materials
Volume: 39
Issue: 9
Pages: pp. 1476 - 1481
Keywords: chalcogenides; thin film deposition; electrical resistivity; Seebeck coefficient; X-ray diffraction; STEM Z-contrast imaging; turbostratic disorder
Research Areas: Thin-Films, Physical Properties, Structures, Materials Science, Chemistry, Properties
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